Even the simplest life has its wrenching complexities. Feist's new video for stompy folk-blues "The Bad in Each Other" captures the tiny dramas that comprise everyday life without explaining its characters' motivations, how they got to where they are, or whether they're interconnected at all. The somber figures populating this video's universe just are — experiencing intense emotions of despair, frustration, elation, companionship — as the Canadian singer winds through dusty scenes shot with cinematic perfection in Mexico by director Martin De Thurah.
"When I approached Martin to make a little film for this song, he told me he thought it sounded like a battle cry. And that he wondered about finding the little, tiny wars people experience in between the big dramas," Feist tells SPIN. "I interpreted that to mean, all the quiet internal battles that guide our actions, all the hopes and struggles we suppress or let carry us away. I feel like he's made a sort of symphony of In Betweens and stretched split seconds into feel-able, graspable echoes."
Watch the Metals opener's sombre video first here, at SPIN, and read our recent in-depth interview, In Bed With Feist: